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Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summer

Karen and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away--as well as a secret to keep--and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.

Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?

With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.

"An emotional story filled with romance and small dramas. The lives of these endearing characters intertwine over a summer and undergo change as Hannon has readers rooting for each of them in this uplifting story about love and redemption."--Publishers Weekly

"Whether it's a fast-paced suspense or a contemporary [romance], fans can't get enough of Hannon's uplifting stories."--RT Book Reviews

"Irene Hannon is no stranger to inspiring prose and embraceable characters. She is the bestselling author of more than 40 books and the recipient of numerous awards, including two RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. No wonder then that her latest contemporary romance, That Certain Summer, turns out to be a thoughtful tale that captures the reader from the very first pages. . . . That Certain Summer is a story about hope, redemption and the power of faith. It's about the courage to face one's darkest fears and the wonder of the human spirit. Irene Hannon knows the power of words and the miracle of faith. She blends them both in this excellent story that's sure to please."--New York Journal of Books

Irene Hannon
is the bestselling author of over forty books, including more than two dozen contemporary romance novels and the Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have garnered many honors, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. In addition, Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Award

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  • File Size: 1825 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800722493
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85M2OI
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Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website,

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Format: Paperback
I have never read a book by Irene Hannon that was not suspenseful. I had no idea that she had a history of writing contemporary romance novels, too. I must say that I was quite impressed with how she is able to write so well in both genres. She seems incredibly comfortable to write in two completely different styles of writing. I liked her before, but I like her even more now and am looking forward to her next romance novel coming out in the summer of 2014.

The characters in this book are so real and have such normal difficulties in their lives. They are easy to relate to and your heart can't help but go out to them. The book covers mostly 4 different people, even though Karen and Val's mom is a big player in the book, as well as Scott's mom.

In the prologue, I had difficulty seeing how these seemingly 4 different people would even cross paths. However, as the story unfolded, I liked watching them learn new things about themselves, forgive, and even learn how to deal with manipulative mothers and ex-husbands. Margaret, Karen and Val's mother, was the hardest person for me to like, as well as Karen's ex-husband. I hated the constant criticism that their mother dished out, but I liked watching Karen stepping out of her comfort zone and hold her ground. I found those parts quite funny because I could see the annoyance that her mother had at that moment!

I hope that Irene Hannon continues to write more romance novels in the future. They aren't the sappy novels, but they are easy to relate to and refreshing. I have a hard time calling them romance because this wasn't your typical romance book. I think it follows life and love in a way that many people go through today.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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Format: Paperback
While I was hooked on the characters and the plot from the prologue, I honestly did not enjoy reading this book. I've come to love Irene Hannon for her suspense fiction series, but I was less than impressed with this contemporary fiction novel.

I really struggled with the way this book was written. The conversations seemed choppy, there was a lack of flow during interactions between characters, and the faith-based portions seemed forced and awkward at times.

To be honest, it reminded me of another author's books I used to enjoy reading but have actually stopped reading altogether because while the plot and characters are compelling, the writing lacks the quality I'd come to expect.

If you're looking for a story filled with faith and forgiveness, you may be willing to overlook the level of storytelling quality. I however, give That Certain Summer three stars.
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Format: Paperback
"That Certain Summer"
By Irene Hannon

I must admit that I am a great fan of Irene's books! She is an author who always grabs my interest on the first page and keeps me enthralled to the very end. This new book is no different from the others. In the first chapter, one of the main characters, Karen introduces a new storm in her life- she calls it a "tsunami"!! Right there and then, I KNEW I would enjoy this book. The descriptive language that Irene comes up with gets me involved immediately and it compelled me to keep reading!! I had to know what this storm was all about!! AND a challenging and sometimes disastrous family situation develops from there.

Karen and Val are , along with their mom , are the main characters. They are described in detail and with the book being written in a different style- alternate chapters tell the story from each sister's point of view, it captures your attention . I felt that I could understand both of them and wanted to, at times, give them each a good shake!! Val and Karen are not close. Karen has been the daughter who has cared for her aging mother and taken on the task of remaining with her , handling all of the responsibilities . Meanwhile, Val went off to pursue her dreams in the theatre. We find out that actually Val has other reasons for moving away , the BIG secret, so coming home has never been an option, until her mom has a stroke and this becomes the breaking point for Karen. She just cannot deal with this alone, so appeals to her sister for help.

The story proceeds to engage us in their struggles with the past mistakes as together they care for the ailing mother. Then to complicate matters more, two handsome young men enter the scene. This is truly a story of learning to let go, forgive and move on!
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Format: Kindle Edition
As a fan of Irene Hannon's suspense books, I didn't know what to expect from THAT CERTAIN SUMMER. A story about the dysfunctional relationship between sisters isn't really a storyline I would gravitate to. But, since I love Hannon's writing, I wanted to give it a try. I am glad I did.

Karen has always been a pleaser to her mom, her husband, her daughter. But it's never been enough. Her mother has always belittled her, her husband has left her for a younger woman, and her daughter blames her for their broken family. When her mother suffers a mild stroke, Karen asks her wayward sister for help.
Val is everything Karen is not. Talented, beautiful, and independent enough to leave her hometown without looking back. But it wasn't her talent or drive for success that made her leave, but a secret she's kept hidden for several years. Now she's back in Washington, helping Karen with her mother's recovery, but also trying to reconcile her past.

Mending fences with her sister, a new self-confidence, and the interest of a local musician has Karen optimistic about her future. But for Val, her attraction to her mother's physical therapist is only proving to make things more difficult as she continues to struggle with her past.

THAT CERTAIN SUMMER was quite enjoyable becomes of the wonderful characters Irene Hannon fleshed out for us to identify with. Seeing the growth of both Karen and Val, and the bond that brought them closer together made THAT CERTAIN SUMMER as entertaining as any of Hannon's suspense novels. Instead of setting my heart racing with action and adventure, my heartstrings were tugged at with emotion and sentiment.

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"Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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